Sorry I haven’t blogged for a while — it turns out that the norovirus, blogger’s block and exam revision don’t go well together! To make up for it, this comeback post is about what I consider to be the five weirdest songs to enter the pop charts. These come from the 70s and 80s — my favourite era of pop music. If you have other suggestions, please comment!
- O Superman — Laurie Anderson (A geniusly minimalistic and experimental half-sung, half-spoken combination of instruments alongside an electronic voicemail-like voice that lasts for over eight minutes.)
- John Wayne Is Big Leggy – Haysi Fantayzee (A bizarre yet interesting tribute to the Western film actor, with extravagant singing and lyrics that might just have moments of cringing innuendo.)
- Jilted John – Jilted John (A funny song about a man called John who is jilted by his girlfriend. It’s not really sung; more wailed melodically. According to the singer’s t-shirt, “I taught John Travolta to dance”.)
- Da Da Da (I Don’t Love You You Don’t Love Me Aha Aha Aha) – Trio (A mixture of nonsensical English and German alongside an incredibly minimalistic yet catchy melody. The video is incredibly minimalistic too.)
- Two Pints of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps – Splodgenessabounds (A man becoming increasingly annoyed at how he will not be served in a pub. Guess what he shouts every time. It reached No.7 in the charts.)
Or, if you want to go for the most weird yet genius song EVER in my opinion that did not reach the pop charts, then without a shadow of a doubt it has to be I Before E Except After C by Yazoo (fronted by ex-Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke — before he formed Erasure — and Alison Moyet), which entirely consists of speech excerpts from various people edited and remixed and repeated to develop into a surprisingly effective song. Extraordinarily clever.
Live long and prosper! 😀
Gotye confused but excelled with his cubist video.
Call Me Maybe knew that this was crazy, but buy me maybe.
Harry Hill bid us goodbye.
Viewers cringed at the Jubilee Thames pageant on TV.
Grace Jones showed the Queen how to be a hula-hooping Slave to the Rhythm.
Britain cried with Andy Murray.
People groaned at Danny Boyle.
People then praised Danny Boyle.
Britain cheered and cried with Andy Murray.
The Paralympic ceremonies confused others but surprised me.
The world went Oppa Gangnam Style!
It was decided that Anything Could Happen.
We let the Skyfall when we crumble.
Doctor Who brought people to their knees and behind the sofa.
The world didn’t end after all.
RECENTLY THIS YEAR:
Steven Hawking revealed his hatred of the Go Compare man…
Yesterday, it was officially declared that the Hillsborough tribute song “He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother” deservedly reached Xmas No. 1, and I couldn’t be any more thrilled.
I am huge supporter of the thousands of people who got sick of the X Factor singles relentlessly stealing every pop singer’s dream ambition of reaching that pinnacle spot, bringing to the Xmas No. 1 spot a heavy metal song and Gareth Malone’s Military Wives. However, I am slightly ashamed to say that I started out supporting the X Factor singles — I bought Shane Ward’s “That’s My Goal” single and never stopped playing it. But I never thought the X Factor would get to the No. 1 spot for years afterwards.
So many people contended for the No.1 spot this year. According to the Telegraph, the tenth most likely song was the Pogues’ “Fairytale of New York”, which was a nice surprise. There was also Clive Dunn (best known for being in Dad’s Army) and his hit song “Grandad”, Girls Aloud and (unfortunately) One Direction who contended for the No.1 spot. But the charity song, yet again, reached No.1. And I am so happy.
If the X Factor was a species, then I think it is close to becoming extinct. Strictly has thrashed them in terms of viewer numbers, and it has just got so bad recently; as the judges commented themselves, all the wrong people were being sent off. The X Factor is losing popularity. I think the show is dying out.
But, on the plus side, going back to the topic of Xmas No.1, Gangnam Style reached No.6! And it has reached 1 billion views on Youtube! And the British Army in Afghanistan have created their own version! And here it is:
Merry Xmas Everyone! 😀
Here is my top five Xmas songs!
5. In Dulci Jubilo – Mike Oldfield
4. Last Christmas – Wham!
3. Stop the Cavalry – Jona Lewie
2. Merry Xmas Everybody – Slade
1. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Band Aid
Today, it’s No. 10 – No. 6!
10. I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday – Wizzard
9. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) – John & Yoko & Plastic Ono Band With The Harlem Community Choir
8. Lonely Pup (In A Christmas Shop) – Adam Faith (It always reminds me of seeing pantomimes as a child.)
7. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
6. Wonderful Christmas Time – Paul McCartney
Today, I am starting a countdown of my 15 favourite Xmas songs (meaning you will see my top five by Christmas Eve)! First up, No. 15-11:
15: Walking In The Air – Aled Jones
14: Mull of Kintyre – Wings
13: Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin
12: Fairytale of New York – The Pogues feat. Kirsty MacColl
11: Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Mel & Kim
FYI, the five songs that narrowly missed out were:
- Santa Baby – Miss Piggy (Yes, you read that right!)
- Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy – Bing Crosby & David Bowie
- Step Into Christmas – Elton John
- Merry Christmas Everyone – Shakin’ Stevens
- Saviour’s Day – Cliff Richard
One band in this week’s FSotW is from the dark lyrical side of the 80s: Propaganda. But it has some superb synthesiser music, which is why I have included it. Also, this may be my last FSotW without Xmas songs for a while cos…IT’S CHRISTMAAAAASSSSS!!!
- Duel – Propaganda
- Kids in America – Kim Wilde
- Remembrance Day – B-Movie
- In The Name Of Love – Thompson Twins
- Pale Shelter – Tears for Fears
Any body or blogger who happens to see this page: follow the instruction in the title! Or, alternatively, you can do an A-Z of ANYTHING (e.g. films/songs). Here’s mine:
Curiosity Killed The Cat
Frankie Goes To Hollywood
(The) Icicle Works
Martha & the Muffins
Pet Shop Boys
(The) Rolling Stones
Now it’s your turn. Live long and prosper!
- The Original Doctor Who Theme – The BBC Radiophonic Workshop
- Hip Hop Be Bop – Man Parrish
- Party Fears Two – The Associates
- Dreaming Of Me – Depeche Mode
- I Ran (So Far Away) – A Flock Of Seagulls